SW 008 – Are you a Dinosaur Author?

January 23, 2019

In this episode I riff off some thoughts Michael Sullivan posted in /r/fantasy on Reddit:

“People are quick to note that traditional publishing doesn’t have a good track record with regards to innovation. But can’t the same be said about the traditionally published AUTHOR who keeps operating as they always have (signing contract after contract even though the pay is less and there are other avenues that produce more income)? This seems like dinosaur behavior to me.”


I do my best not to rant here or specifically call people out. I’m talking about behaviors I’ve seen in writers as they try to navigate a very confusing time of transition in the publishing industry.

One thing I forgot to mention is that having a clear idea of your goals as a writer will help you determine what path you want to take… but being open to all this change will help you recognize opportunities when they arise — and they will.


SW 006 – Should You Join a Writing Group?

January 6, 2019

In this episode I talk about some things I wish I had known when I first joined a critique group. Should I have joined an accountability or mastermind group instead? How do critique groups work and what are some common pitfalls you might need to look out for?

Mentioned in this episode:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Keystroke Medium Podcast

Quick Sips Reviews

If you’d take a second to subscribe to my youtube channel, you’ll help me get to a 100 subs so I can set a custom URL, which would be great.


Thanks for listening! See you next week.


The Speculative.Work Podcast 005 – Goals for 2019 and Atomic Habits

December 31, 2018

Everybody loves a goals show! Let’s throw down the gauntlet for 2019 so I can look back and either be pleased with my progress or shed tears in my beer.

I talk about production, health and financial goals for 2019, as well establishing a strong author brand.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Word Count Tracker (excel doc download)

Thanks for listening!


The Speculative.Work Podcast 004 – 2018 Retrospective

December 23, 2018

(from The Expanse, Season 2)

Episode 004 – I take a look at my writing in 2018, accomplishments and changes. I wrote about 600k words, published five books, became an admin with 20Booksto50k and my daughter arrived. That’s some stuff! 

Books Mentioned in this episode:

This is Marketing by Seth Godin

The Revolt of the Public by Martin Gurri

The Future of Violence by by Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum

The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

They Thought They Were Free by Milton Meyer

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

Numbercaste by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes